The Business Jet the mode of transport for World Leaders

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Up to 1,500 individual business jets will have flown world leaders and dignitaries to Swiss resort of Davos this week.

The trend we are seeing is for bigger and more efficient newer models of business jet than ever before.

According to a Forbes article, Andy Christie, private jets director at Air Charter Service commented of the current trend: “There appears to be a trend towards larger aircraft, with expensive heavy jets the aircraft of choice, with Gulfstream GVs and Global Expresses both being used more than 100 times each last year.”

This can be down in part to the long distances travelled, “but also possibly due to business rivals not wanting to be seen to be outdone by one another”. Last year, more than 1,300 aircraft flights were recorded at the conference, the highest number recording of business jet activity in 2013, according to ACS.

Countries with the highest number of arrivals and departures out of the local airports over the past five years included Germany, France, UK, US, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

The World Economic Forum’s Oliver Cann: “We have been offering incentives to participants to use public transport for some years. We also ask that they share aircraft if they have to use them; something that has been gaining popularity in recent years.”

The World Economic Forum’s global risk report, released ahead of this week’s meeting, identified environmental challenges, including the failure to mitigate climate change, as top of the list of dangers facing the world economy.


Davos Economic Forum

Credit for the original article: Forbes